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35mm Capability Announcement: Cinemeccanica Victoria 5 Projector Restoration Complete

Updated: Apr 4

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Broadway is now officially 35mm capable!

In a historic moment for our organisation, a 35mm projector has run the first feature film to show in the Broadway Cinema since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on 20th November 1976! Our Victoria 5 is now complete! With a rectifier linked up, the lamp in operation, and sound head connected, the Broadway is now officially ready to show 35mm film!

Weeks of hard work repairing, cleaning and modifying late into autumn evenings in the foyer have all been worth it. We will now continue with full days of further testing until we can soon start planning for our first analogue screening at the Academy.


The moment the dowser opens to a packed audience for the first time will be incredibly special! Even now in the Broadway's foyer it feels like a major milestone for our community. We would like to thank once again our official maintenance officer Keith, we could never have achieved this without Keith's expertise and dedication. Thank you again too to Darren Manson for the incredibly kind donation of the projector we have just brought back to life, we can't wait to welcome you to a screening in the near future! And finally to James from the Chocolate Box, for the amazing offer of a newly connected power supply without which this test would not have been possible!

Bringing back 35mm screenings is an amazing opportunity! As the world of cinema evolves with an increasing appreciation for analogue film, we are seeing an unprecedented rise in demand for the return of reels, and the Broadway will be perfectly placed to bring this technology back and preserve the art of projection for future generations.

And now the work continues, this is only the beginning! More 35mm updates will be coming in the very near future!

For now, unbridled joy!

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